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Mayes named managing editor of The La Porte County Herald-Argus

April 26, 2018 GMT

La PORTE – Veteran journalist Jeff Mayes has been named managing editor of The La Porte County Herald-Argus after serving as assistant sports editor for the last month.“The Herald-Argus is a great paper with a long history of serving the La Porte County area, and I hope I can use my knowledge and experience to help it continue to improve in that role,” Mayes said.Mayes has more than 35 years of experience in journalism, much of it in Northwest Indiana. He served as news editor for the Westville Indicator and LaCrosse Regional News, then spent 10 years at The Vidette-Messenger in Valparaiso as a county government reporter, city editor and opinion page editor.He then spent seven years at the Post-Tribune in Merrillville, the last five as sports editor. For the last 12 years he has worked at the Chicago Sun-Times as editor of a 24-hour breaking news service that covered the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana. He was also editor of the Homicide Watch Chicago website, which took an in-depth look at murders in the city.“I have been a Northwest Indiana resident all my life, and even during my years working in Chicago, I missed the excitement and responsibility of working in local journalism,” Mayes said. “I want to get back to informing people about what is happening, being a watchdog to ensure the public is treated properly, and being a catalyst for positive change.”

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“I am pleased to have someone with Jeff’s experience leading the The Herald-Argus,” publisher Bill Hackney said. “His longtime commitment to La Porte County should make for a great fit.“A longtime resident of Westville, Mayes attended Lew Wallace High School in Gary, and Valparaiso University, where he majored in journalism and political science. He served four terms on the Westville Town Council and was also a member of the town’s Park Board and Planning Commission.“I have loved writing since my high school days, and journalism and government were always my passions,” Mayes said. “I started out covering news in La Porte County, and I can’t wait to get back into it. I invite everyone to contact me with ideas or thoughts on how we can better serve our readers.”His appointment takes effect immediately. He can be reached at jmayes@thenewsdispatch.com.Mayes will replace Adam Parkhouse, who has accepted a job with the Indiana Department of Transportation after serving since 2013 as managing editor of the H-A.